MORE than 79 per cent of people in Spain are against increasing the age of retirement from 65 to 67, according to the Centre for Sociological Research. Only 23.6 per cent of people questioned approve the measure. Meanwhile, 28.8 per cent is against the number of working years necessary to receive 100 per cent of the state pension being increased from 35 to 37 years.
Almost 50 per cent believes that the agreement signed between the government, unions and business owners does not resolve the problem of pensions which will reappear in the coming years.
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Two measures have been well-received however, as more than 80 per cent of people agree with nine months for women on maternity leave taken into account as working for up to nine months, and 76 per cent agrees with internships being considered as work time for up to two years.
Spain is not happy about the current economic situation, however, with 79.5 per cent believing that Spain is in a ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ situation. Only 18.8 per cent thinks the situation will improve in the last months of the current prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s, term of office, 42.2 per cent thinks it will remain the same and 31 per cent considers it will get worse.
According to 81.8 per cent of people asked, the main problem in Spain is unemployment, and this most recent survey shows increased worry about financial problems (51.3 per cent), political class (20.2 per cent), parties, politicians and the Government (7.1 per cent), and corruption and fraud (4.6 per cent).
By Jennifer Leighfield